Sony announces PlayStation VR at GDC

PlayStation VR

Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, announced at yesterday’s Gaming Developer’s Conference that the company is launching the highly anticipated PlayStation VR this October at a nominal price of $400 (Dh1,470).

Year of VR

We all know that 2016 is going to be the year of VR, when virtual reality incorporates itself into our lives in a massive way. Tech advisory Digi-Capital reports that VR is expected to be a $30-billion market by 2020. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold 36 million systems since its debut in November 2013 and is the leader in today’s gaming market.

Sony PlayStation VR

Sony PS VR (4)

The Sony PlayStation VR will release with competition from Oculus Rift for PCs, which is releasing on March 28 for $600, the $800-HTC Vive somewhere in April, and the Samsung Gear VR, which requires a Samsung smartphone and retails at $100.

The PlayStation VR headset will attach to the PS4 console. The headset has a 5.7-inch OLED 1,920×1,080 RGB screen, runs at 90-120fps, and features 360-degree tracking, 100-degree field of view and controls such as DualShock 4 and Playstation Move to track motion.

The PS camera, which sells separately for $60, will track the PS Move (also sold separately at $50 and DualShock controllers. The VR also supports 3D audio, meaning sound will adjust itself based on the orientation of the user’s head.

The VR also has an updated media player app for PS4 so gamers can also enjoy omnidirectional videos and apps.

Here’s a little glimpse of what it’s going to look like:

And some in-game screenshots …